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Old 07-30-2010, 01:57 AM
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Hey guys I just had a quick question...I have a 96' ram 1500 with a 5.2 magnum/automatic 2-wheel drive...Was wondering what would be better for the truck while driving around town with stop and go traffic Overdrive on or off ? I tend to drive it around town with the overdrive on...Is this ok to do? also when I'm on the highway which would be better overdrive on or off ? i'm confused on which one to do any help would be greatly appreciated thanks yall...
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Given that its an automatic, the OD would likely not even kick in while in town unless your speeds are like 45 or so. Even so, there is no harm in leaving it on. On the hiway it gives you better mileage which is its purpose.

When towing if you need a little more power, that is when you turn it off.
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Just make sure you always turn it off when towing anything, or hauling a heavy load. I had a Dodge tech tell me thats what kills these trannies and gives them a horrible reputation is people towing/hauling with the overdrive on.

But, around town or on the highway, leave it on, it won't hurt it.
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Thanks guys...Got me understanding it much better now ! I've just heard so many different things about it that I was just really confused on what was true... I don't do much towing or really haul anything heavy so I'll be in the clear in that aspect of it...I knew this would be the place to ask to get the right answers ! thanks again guys have a great and safe weekend ~Ronnie~
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O/D off to avoid slippage and heat in the transmission.
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